I recently asked my Facebook followers how much they spend on groceries and boy, was that a popular question with over 3,000 responses! I suppose inquiring minds want to know. Many of the responses ranged from $100 to $300 a week (for a family of four), with the majority coming in closer to the $150 to $250 mark. How much do you spend (and for how many people)? I’d love to get your input plus any useful tips on how you stick to it in the comments below!
If you’re trying to get your family on a weekly or monthly grocery budget (that you can actually stick to) a great place to start is by adding up how much you currently spend on food (at the grocery store, farmers’ market, eating out, etc.). You can do this by calculating a weekly or monthly average based on credit card statements over the last six months. Personally, I think a weekly budget is easier to follow because you can’t go too far over budget before you realize you’re in trouble.
Is there an app for that? Yes, of course!
I then asked what everyone’s favorite apps (and websites) were for grocery shopping and budget tracking, and these were some of the most popular answers.
- EveryDollar (by Dave Ramsey): Free (with ads) or $99/year for bank syncing
EveryDollar follows the zero-based budget approach recommended by top personal money-management expert Dave Ramsey. Available for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or Android devices.
- YNAB (You Need a Budget): Free 34-day trial then $50/year
Bank syncing, goal tracking plus debt management software all accessible in real-time from any device. Available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
- Out of Milk: Free
Shopping list app for creating and sharing shopping lists with friends and family. Available for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. and Android devices.
- Mint: Free (with ads)
Create budgets, track and pay bills, monitor your credit score and more. Available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
- Flipp: Free
Matches digital weekly circulars from over 800 local retailers with coupons from the brands you love so you can find the best deals in your community every week. There is a shopping list feature as well. Available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
I hope these help make it easier for you to you stay on track going forward. If I missed any good ones, please share with us in the comments! :)